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Filing Season Resources

Federal tax return filing information and tips to help you avoid common errors. 

There are many options for filing a tax return. You should review this information before filing your federal tax return.

April 15 tax deadline

What do I need to know?

2024 Tax Return Filing Resources

The 2024 filing season began on January 29 for the 2023 federal tax returns.

ALERT: If you submitted your tax return prior to this date, it was held until the filing season opened because the IRS needed to program computers with updates before the IRS could begin processing any returns.

But before you file that federal tax return, here are some steps to follow and information to consider.

What should I do?


Both the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) and the IRS have numerous resources to help you gather the documents you need and prepare before you complete that tax form. Here are some of our favorites:

Review Tax Return Filing Options

There are many options for filing a tax return. You should review these before making your final decision on how you will file. We recommend choosing an option where you can electronically file, as it is faster and safer. It also offers the benefit of identifying basic errors up-front in the filing process, as opposed to filing by paper, where it can take several weeks before you know if there is something that needs fixing.

You may also be eligible to participate in the new IRS Direct File pilot. Find out if the Direct File pilot is right for you and its currently availability. 

Important note: When using e-file, you must sign your e-filed return electronically. You can sign using the Self-Select PIN or by using your prior-year Adjusted Gross Income (AGI).

We recommend reviewing the get help pages below for more information about filing:

If you choose to file a paper tax return, know that some IRS addresses have changed, so check Where to File on IRS.gov for active addresses before submitting a return, particularly if including any payments.

$600 Form 1099-K reporting threshold delayed 

On November 21, 2023, the IRS issued Notice 2023-74 delaying the requirement for third-party electronic payment networks to report transactions over $600 to the IRS on a Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions, until 2025. The $20,000 and 200 transactions thresholds remain in place until December 31, 2023, and will then decrease to $5,000 for the 2024 tax year. Note: The rules for reporting income are not changing. Anybody receiving taxable income through third-party networks must still track and report their taxable income. Read the IRS’s news release for more details.  If you get a Form 1099-K, find out what to do with it. 



Help with preparing and filing tax returns


How will this affect me?

Important Information About Tax Refunds

The IRS advises that most taxpayers will receive their refunds within 21 days if:

  • They file electronically;
  • They chose direct deposit for their refund; and
  • There are no issues with their tax return.

However, the IRS cannot issue a refund that includes the EITC or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. This includes the entire refund, not just the part that’s related to the EITC or ACTC claimed on the tax return. This is due to the 2015 PATH Act, a law which requires the IRS to hold those refunds to give the IRS time to validate them and protect against identity theft and refund fraud.

For those taxpayers claiming EITC and ACTC and filing their returns early, the IRS anticipates most EITC/ACTC-related refunds will be available by February 28 if the taxpayer:

  • Chose direct deposit for their refund; and
  • There are no other issues with their tax return.

Taxpayers should check Where’s My Refund? on IRS.gov for information about their personalized refund status. EITC/ACTC filers should show an updated status by February 18.


Wait, I still need help.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers and protects taxpayers’ rights. We can offer you help if your tax problem is causing a financial difficulty, you’ve tried and been unable to resolve your issue with the IRS, or you believe an IRS system, process, or procedure just isn’t working as it should. If you qualify for our assistance, which is always free, we will do everything possible to help you.

Visit www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov or call 1-877-777-4778.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are independent from the IRS and TAS. LITCs represent individuals whose income is below a certain level and who need to resolve tax problems with the IRS. LITCs can represent taxpayers in audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes before the IRS and in court. In addition, LITCs can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Services are offered for free or a small fee. For more information or to find an LITC near you, see the LITC page on the TAS website or Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List.


Did you know there is a Taxpayer Bill of Rights?

The taxpayer Bill of Rights is grouped into 10 easy to understand categories outlining the taxpayer rights and protections embedded in the tax code.

It is also what guides the advocacy work we do for taxpayers.

Read more about your rights